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Jesse Jannetta
Senior Policy Fellow
Justice Policy Center
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  • Communities across the country are seeking ways that the justice system can be fairer, wiser, and better at protecting everyone. I came to Urban because I knew this was a place from which I could meaningfully contribute to their efforts.

    Jesse Jannetta is a senior policy fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads projects on prison and jail reentry, community antigang and antiviolence initiatives, police-community relations, parole and probation supervision, and risk prediction. He is the project director for the Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund, the principal investigator for the Evaluation of Procedural Justice in Probation project, and a member of the leadership team for the Prison Research and Innovation Initiative. He was previously project director for the Transition from Jail to Community initiative, the process and fidelity assessment lead for the evaluation of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, and coprincipal investigator for evaluations of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development strategy and the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy. He applies mixed-methods approaches to process and impact evaluations and provides direct technical assistance to jurisdictions improving justice system functioning.

    Before joining Urban, Jannetta was a research specialist at the Center for Evidence-Based Corrections at the University of California, Irvine. He conducted several projects, including an evaluation of GPS monitoring for sex offender parolees, an analysis of parole discharge and violation response policies, and an analysis of the role of the Division of Juvenile Justice in the California juvenile justice system, measuring the scope of correctional control in California and assessing inmate and parolee programs in terms of evidence-based program design principles.

    Jannetta holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    Research Areas
    Race and equity
    Crime, justice, and safety
    Social safety net
    Inequality and mobility
    Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
    Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice

    Outside Affiliations
    University of Michigan, Prison Creative Arts Project
    Chair of the Development Board

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